Robert Lloyd

Columnist

Robert Lloyd has been a Los Angeles Times television critic since 2003. Previously, he held that position at L.A. Weekly, whose music editor and critic he also was for some years, and was the author of the Today column at the late Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His oral history of “Freaks & Geeks” appeared in the January 2013 issue of Vanity Fair. Sometimes, usually after dark, he masquerades as a musician (credits available on request).

Recent Articles

  • James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'
    James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'

    If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of "The Rockford Files." There was more to it, of course, before and after, on big screen and small. (You may remember...

  • 'The Lottery' gambles on a global fertility crisis
    'The Lottery' gambles on a global fertility crisis

    "The Lottery," a new series premiering Sunday on Lifetime, takes place in the near future — 2025, if you're counting — six years into a global sterility pandemic. (It's more of an omnidemic, actually — no one can get pregnant.)

  • TV Picks: Emily Heller, Vanessa Bayer, 'Danger 5,' 'The Divide'
    TV Picks: Emily Heller, Vanessa Bayer, 'Danger 5,' 'The Divide'

    "The Future With Emily Heller" and "Sound Advice With Vanessa Slater" (Above Average/YouTube). Two similarly structured, similarly themed good-things-in-small-packages series from the Broadway Video YouTube channel Above Average. (Lorne Michaels is the sun who shines down on...

  • 'Matador' mixes soccer, spies and sangria in fun retro style
    'Matador' mixes soccer, spies and sangria in fun retro style

    You've got another four years to wait for the FIFA World Cup, and a year for the Women's World Cup, but you won't have to wait very long at all for "Matador," a spy story with a soccer setting and Latin twist and the second original series from Robert Rodriguez's...

  • Canada's 'Backpackers' and 'Seed' come home to roost at CW
    Canada's 'Backpackers' and 'Seed' come home to roost at CW

    'Backpackers' is a shallow excuse to get wild and crazy in Europe. 'Seed' is a twist on the old childish-adult-transformed plot, but it's surprisingly substantial.

  • TV Picks: 'Ray Donovan,' 'Matador,' NOLA on 'P.O.V.'
    TV Picks: 'Ray Donovan,' 'Matador,' NOLA on 'P.O.V.'

    "Ray Donovan" (Showtime, Sundays). Ann Biderman's series about a Hollywood fixer, the dysfunctional (Boston Irish) family he came from and the dysfunctional family he heads begins a second season. (The last finished with revealed secrets, a degree of reconciliation and...

  • Syfy's 'Almighty Johnsons' an amiable take on Norse gods
    Syfy's 'Almighty Johnsons' an amiable take on Norse gods

    In the fullness of time, in the country of New Zealand, it occurred to James Griffin and Rachel Lang that what their country needed was a television series in which four brothers and their cousin, who is really their grandfather, were the human incarnation of Norse gods. These gods had at...

  • The Emmys and I (a Golden Oldie)
    The Emmys and I (a Golden Oldie)

    It is Emmy Nominations Day in America, and once again, I do not care. And in recognition of this event, and to explain my continuing lack of interest in it, I offer you this 2-year-old chestnut on the subject, revived here like a holiday classic. Had I composed this column this morning I...

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